Dear Editor,

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) strongly encourages residents of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School (JVS) District to take just a few minutes this November to vote for Issue 21. For an average of just a nickel a day, levy passage will help the district continue to provide the area with a skilled workforce.

The Jefferson County JVS offers 14 vocational career preparation programs that provide students with the training needed to succeed in today’s job market. But, in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace, the Jefferson County JVS must continually update curricula and revamp programs. The levy proceeds will be used to upgrade vocational programs and make facility improvements. Call 740-264-5545 or stop at the JVS if you want more detailed information about planned program improvements.

For a home valued at $70,000, the levy would cost taxpayers with Homestead Exemption only $15.31 a year. Without Homestead Exemption, the cost would be $22.97 a year.

This request comes from a district that has been an exceptional steward of taxpayer dollars over the years. Since the school’s inception in 1976, the district has passed only one additional .5 mill levy back in 1994.

Voting yes for the Issue 21 will help Jefferson County JVS Schools continue to provide a great education for your children without program cuts. That’s why in November, I urge residents of the Jefferson County JVS District to vote FOR Issue 21. It is a wise and much-needed investment in your schools and community.

Richard Lewis, CAE

Executive Director

Ohio School

Boards Association